Some habits are hard to change. Like sticking with the same haircut for decades, or wearing the same perfume for ages. But not changing the way you apply your make-up can actually add years to your looks.
If you are one of those women that grew up in the sixties and still wears thick, black eyeliner then you should take heed. Because wearing it now, when you are actually in your sixties, is not a good look.
Likewise, for those who partied in the 80’s, the New Romantic style, complete with bouffant, sprayed hair, should remain a distant memory.
It can be hard however, to leave these in the past, as they are familiar and comforting to us, and many women don’t know other methods of applying make-up.
There are tricks of the make-up trade however, that can be used to stop ladies of a certain age applying make-up that makes them look older.
A GOOD PRIMER IS A MUST
You wouldn’t paint a wall without preparing it first? As we age, the need to prepare our skin becomes more important. Good primers allow the foundation to sit on the skin much better.
Silicone primers are good at smoothing out large pores and fine lines.
Recommended product – Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer – $45
KEEP CONCEALER LIGHT
Mature skin does tend to require a concealer more than younger skin, but unfortunately, it tends to settle into any fine lines and wrinkles. This will only emphasis the ageing process, not hide it.
If you use a light concealer, preferably a liquid variety, it should smooth over the wrinkles.
Recommended product – Smashbox High Definition Liquid Concealor – $23
CHOOSE THE RIGHT POWDER
Older skin has a tendency towards becoming shiny towards the end of the day. Powder can stop this, but heavier products can settle into wrinkles and pores, and make mature skin look worse.
New HD pressed powders have a great translucent appearance and complete with a sheer finish. This gives the appearance of soft, youthful skin.
Recommended product – Make-up Forever HD Pressed Powder – $36
DITCH THE BLACK EYE MAKEUP
As we get older, darker eye-liner tends to look more severe on ageing skin. It makes eyes look smaller and draws attention to wrinkles, including crow’s feet.
Instead, choose brown/black mascara and opt for smoky or plum eye-liners. These will still give a definition to the eyes but in a much softer way.
Recommended product – MAC Fluidline Eye Pencil – $16
LEAVE LOWER LASHES BARE
Younger faces can get away with heavy mascara on the top and bottom lashes, but by the time you are over 40 it’s a different story. Heavy dark mascara on the lower lashes can draw attention to under eye bags and dark circles.
Leave the bottom bare, and focus attention on the top, by putting more product on the upper lashes, in a dark brown shade, and adding concealer under the eye.
Recommended product – BADGal Plum Mascara – $19
LIP LINER IS A MUST
As we age, tiny wrinkles appear around the lips which allow lipstick to bleed away from the mouth.
Combat this by using a lip liner. This locks in colour throughout the day.
Recommended Product – Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner – $4.76
NO TO GLITTERY EYE SHADOW
It’s not the 80’s anymore, and let’s face it, glitter eyeshadow is a young person’s game. Not only that but it draws attention to saggy eyelids and looks a little like mutton dressed as lamb.
For more flattering eye shadows, stick to matte shades in mauves, smoky greys or greens. And don’t go overboard, just add enough for definition.
Recommended product – Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs – $54
FILL IN YOUR EYEBROWS
You may not have noticed but our eyebrows tend to get thinner as we get older. This makes us look older.
A good set of eyebrows can instantly liven us up and make us look younger.
Opt for a soft pencil, if you are a novice at application, and define the eyebrow arch by simply moving in the natural direction, shading in any sparse areas.
Recommended product – Bourjois Eyebrow Pencil – $5.98